Friday, 14 October 2016

October 14, 2016 - Weekly Meeting



FRIDAY, October 14, 2016



    Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts - How you can from Rotary District7020 on Vimeo.

    Dear Rotarians:

    A Hurricane Matthew Disaster Committee has been organized by DG Haresh, and, what a fantastic committee you have!

    We recently met and know, "We have a lot of work to do"!

    The committee, through the support of the Council of Governors, will promptly send approximately US$27,500 to Haiti to assist with their immediate needs.

    We continue to need your help and your donations. 

    Some Clubs have reached out and want to send containers of goods.  This is always a good thing, however, before doing so, we must first identify what our survivors’ needs are.

    Through the committee, we have identified Haiti’s immediate needs to be
    • roofing material and
    • water filters or just ‘clean’ water.
    As we move forward, will also update you of the Long Term needs of those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

    Please get your club, friends and other organizations to DONATE to ROTARY so we can continue to support / assist those in need.

    Send your donations to:

    For Rotary District 7020 District Disaster Fund:
    Payment Bank:
    Wells Fargo, N.A., New York, USA
    ABA Code:    026005092

    FirstCaribbean International Bank (Cayman) Limited
    25 Main Street
    P.O. Box 68
    Grand Cayman, KY1-1102

    Account name Rotary International District 7020
    Account #3481106

    Reference -  Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund


    TRF Hurricane Emergency Relief Donor Advised Fund (HER DAF) 
    WIRE:  Boston Private Bank & Trust Company
    ABA Number:   011002343
    For credit to:   The Rotary Foundation
    Account number:  943423732
    For Further Credit:  TRF DAF
    Account Name:  Hurricane Emergency Relief DAF #296 


    Mail Check Payable to:
    The Rotary Foundation
    In the Memo line:  
    Hurricane Emergency Relief DAF#296
    Mail to:  Rotary DAF  c/o NRS, 12 Gill Street, Suite 260, Woburn, MA 01801 

    Sent by our E-Club Rotarian - Jacqueline J. Heyliger
    District Disaster Chair 2016-2017
    (340) 277-3201
    Skype: Jacqueline.heyliger1



    President's Message

    President Paul
    Dear fellow Rotarians and Guests,

    Welcome to the regular meeting of the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean, 7020.  My name is Paul Amoury, and I am the president of the club for the Rotary year 2016-17.  I do hope you’ll enjoy the time you spend with us.

    As a reminder, RI President John F. Germ chose Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for 2016-17. Noting Rotary’s unique ability to bring together committed professionals to achieve remarkable goals, RI President Germ believes that “now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world.”

    Each one of us is important in helping to make Rotary achieve these very worthwhile goals.  We all have a role to play.

    I hope that you will find your time here worthwhile and that our meeting will inspire you to get more involved in order to achieve our goals.

    Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you well in the next week and in all that you do for Rotary.


    October 2016

    In 1979, James Bomar Jr., the president of Rotary at the time, traveled to the Philippines as part of Rotary’s earliest work to immunize children against polio. After he had put drops of vaccine into one baby’s mouth, he felt a child’s hand tugging on his trouser leg to get his attention. Bomar looked down and saw the baby’s brother looking up at him, saying earnestly, “Thank you, thank you, Rotary.”

    Before Rotary took on the task of polio eradication, 350,000 people – nearly all of them children – were paralyzed by polio every year. That child in the Philippines knew exactly what polio was and understood exactly what Rotary had just done for his baby brother. 

    Today, 31 years after the launch of PolioPlus, the children of the Philippines – and of nearly every other country in the world – are growing up without that knowledge, and that fear, of polio. Instead of 1,000 new cases of polio every day, we are averaging less than one per week. 

    But as the fear of polio wanes, so does awareness of the disease. Now more than ever, it is vitally important to keep that awareness high and to push polio eradication to the top of the public agenda and our governments’ priorities. We need to make sure the world knows that our work to eradicate polio isn’t over yet, but that Rotary is in it to end it.

    On 24 October, Rotary will mark World Polio Day to help raise the awareness and the funding we need to reach full eradication. I ask all of you to take part by holding an event in your club, in your community, or online. Ideas and materials are available for download in all Rotary languages at, and you can register your event with Rotary at the same link. 

    You can also join me and tens of thousands of your fellow Rotarians for a live-streamed global status update at 6 p.m. Eastern time at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. I’ll be there along with CDC Director Tom Frieden, other experts, and inspirational presenters, sharing an inside look at the science, partnerships, and human stories of polio eradication.

    It is an incredibly exciting time to be a Rotarian. We are gathering momentum for the final race to the finish: to the end of PolioPlus and the beginning of a polio-free world. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime chance to End Polio Now, through Rotary Serving Humanity.


    Membership and New Club Development

    Basic Education and Literacy

    Economic and Community Development

    Remember our DG's visit on October 22.
    World Polio Day on October 24.

    The Rotary Foundation

    Disease Prevention and Treatment

    Vocational Service

    Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution

    Water and Sanitation

    Maternal and Child Health Month

    Youth Services Month

    Rotary Fellowships Month







    To pay it forward, Dr. Ernest Robison and his wife created Ability Found 13 years ago. 

    Ability Found provides equipment that is refurbished and donated for the handicapped and disabled. Overcoming disabilities is tough enough, but many Utahns are unable to afford the basic equipment that could help them get up and out of their homes. 

    They get over a dozen calls a week from disabled patients that need freedom and help. Last year alone they helped over 360 people. 

    Dr. Robison created Ability Found in honor of his son, who was born with severe brain damage and was unable to walk. Years after Matthew's passing, they continue to help others. This makes them them a Mountain America Credit Union Pay It Forward recipient. 

    Just another example of good works being done all over the world.



    Dear fellow Rotarians,

    We launched our PolioPlus campaign 31 years ago in a worldwide effort to rid the world of this paralyzing disease. Last July, we celebrated a milestone: Nigeria had gone one year without a new case of polio. But only a year later, three new cases of wild polio have been reported in that country and Nigeria has been reclassified as polio endemic.

    The response to these cases has been swift; the Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – has already begun taking the necessary steps to prevent further spread of the disease both in Nigeria and the surrounding countries. After immediately approving US$500,000 with a “rapid response” grant, Rotary is continuing to help mobilize support for the outbreak response on the ground in Nigeria. We have released $8 million in funds to support response efforts in the Lake Chad basin, which will deploy new strategies to reach every child.

    This may seem like a setback to many, but we are prepared now more than ever to continue the fight against polio, until no child is at risk and the world can be declared polio-free. We have overcome obstacles and outbreaks throughout the years. Polio can and will be eradicated in Nigeria. With your continued support and dedication, we can make that a reality.

    In light of these recent developments, World Polio Day is an important event that gives us the opportunity to discuss the main issues at hand: focusing our efforts on ending the outbreak in Nigeria, reaching every last child in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and protecting the progress made in polio-free regions.

    World Polio Day is everywhere. We hope to see scores of events around the globe. If you haven’t already done so, register your event and download the World Polio Day resources to help make the event a success.

    Rotary will also host its fourth annual World Polio Day event in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clubs and districts are encouraged to watch our live-streamed global status update at 6 p.m. EST or anytime after. Spread the word in advance with the help of our social media messaging and share graphics. Donating to our campaign will be matched two to one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and help reach every child with the polio vaccine.

    On 19 November, a team of Rotary staff will join Rotary senior leaders, club members from District 5500 (Arizona), and around the world in El Tour de Tucson to raise funds for polio eradication. Last year, the combined efforts of Rotary members and staff raised $US4.4 million.

    As fear of polio wanes, so does awareness of the disease. It’s our responsibility to keep that awareness high and keep polio eradication at the top of public and government agendas. We must finish the job and End Polio Now, through Rotary Serving Humanity.


    John F. Germ
    Rotary International President, 2016-17


    Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70's -- and quickly realised how ineffective it was. In this funny, challenging and passionate talk, Ernesto shares his deep insights into sustainable economic development, and how entrepreneurs can be truly supported to live their passions.

    Why you should listen

    Ernesto Sirolli is a noted authority in the field of sustainable economic development and is the Founder of the Sirolli Institute, an international non-profit organization that teaches community leaders how to establish and maintain Enterprise Facilitation projects in their community.

    The Institute is now training communities in the USA, Canada, Australia, England and Scotland.

    In 1985, he pioneered in Esperance, a small rural community in Western Australia, a unique economic development approach based on harnessing the passion, determination, intelligence, and resourcefulness of the local people. The striking results of "The Esperance Experience" have prompted more than 250 communities around the world to adopt responsive, person-centered approaches to local economic development similar to the Enterprise Facilitation® model pioneered in Esperance.

    When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is na├»ve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur. 


    Definitely worth your time to listen!  

    Truly sustainable economic development.  How does this apply to Haiti?



    Maybe every month is membership month...

    Thank You for Making Membership a Priority from Rotary International on Vimeo.







    Rotary Anthem from Rotary International on Vimeo.


    To close the meeting...


    of the things we think, say, or do...

    Rotarian Wein leads us.


    And the final bell with our own John Fuller...


    Thanks for stopping by!

    Enjoy your week, and all that you do for Rotary!

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